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Sunday e-book overview – The Painted Woman by Elvira Werkman and Maxime Beck – Mark Avery

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This can be a smallish e-book, Ladybird e-book in dimension, of 80 pages, over 20 of that are occupied by Maxime Beck’s enticing illustrations. The textual content, by Elvira Werkman, covers a variety of floor very clearly in such a brief house. I learn a lot of the e-book, with pleasure, in a single sitting. There’s a helpful index.

The Painted Woman is a phenomenon – some years there are few seen within the UK however in others the numbers are very excessive. I bear in mind, however it was years in the past, seeing tens of 1000’s of Painted Girls on thistles in a single subject. And one other time, taking place to be at cover stage in a Northants woodland, seeing butterflies whizzing previous, at fairly a lick, all heading typically northwards – they had been Painted Girls.

This yr appears to have been fairly an excellent yr within the UK, however not a kind of really distinctive years the place this butterfly appears to be in all places for just a few weeks.  My buddleia within the backyard remains to be flowering and Painted Girls could be welcome to go to!

The Painted Woman is essentially the most widespread butterfly on the earth –  present in Europe/Asia and Africa and in North/Central America too. We now perceive that it’s a recurring migrant with the inhabitants about to move south for Africa now and that it’s going to return to northern Europe subsequent spring and summer time. However who returns? Not the identical people as they don’t reside that lengthy. A yr will see the species cowl almost 15,000km however that’s achieved in round 8-10 generations of butterflies. How stupendous! And the identical scale of migration, from Canada to Mexico is going down, by the identical species, in North America. Wow!

A person butterfly at the moment in northern Europe could cross the Alps, the Mediterranean after which the Sahara to supply the subsequent technology within the Sahel if the rains have come on the proper time and with adequate quantity.  Simply wow!

This e-book fills within the particulars of the Painted Woman’s life story and one thing of its place in human tradition. It’s a brief and gripping learn.

The quilt makes it fairly clear what the e-book is about and is moderately good. The illustrations via the e-book are of comparable high quality and improve the studying expertise. I’d give it 8/10.

The Painted Woman by Elvira Werkman and Maxime Beck is revealed by Noordboek Natuur (however it’s listed, however not at the moment priced, on Amazon too).

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